Preparedness Month begins in New York to raise safety awareness

08:30, September 03, 2010      

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New York's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) declared on Thursday the beginning of Preparedness Month to help New Yorkers cope with emergencies.

The Empire State Building will be lit on Thursday night in Ready New York yellow to commemorate the kick-off of the Preparedness Month.

A new Facebook application was also launched as part of the campaign to help New Yorkers find a safe place to meet their families or friends during an emergency. Located on OEM's Facebook page, the new interactive web mapping application allows New Yorkers to select a meeting place from thousands of locations in the metropolitan area in advance of an emergency.

Launched in September 2009, U.S. National Preparedness Month is a month-long, nationwide campaign to promote emergency preparedness and encourage volunteerism. Each September, New York will host events throughout the city to teach New Yorkers about preparing for all types of emergencies.

According to OEM's 2010 survey, 40 percent of New Yorkers say they do not feel prepared for an emergency and 68 percent do not have all of the recommended emergency supplies in their homes. Additionally, only 21 percent of New Yorkers make use of real-time news alert features or applications, though the majority of residents stated a strong interest in receiving information about terrorist threats or incidents.

In honor of National Preparedness Month, U.S. President Obama urges Americans to prepare a disaster plan, gather emergency supplies, and get involved in community preparedness efforts.

Source: Xinhua


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